Q & A

Vaccine Delivery at Assisted Housing Sites

January 14, 2021    

Q Can sites coordinate with local health departments to provide on-site COVID-19 vaccines?

Pandemic Adjustments for MORs

January 14, 2021    

Q With rising COVID-19 cases in my area, must unit inspections during on-site Management and Occupancy Reviews (MORs) still occur?

A The Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance...

Top Management Challenges Facing HUD in 2021

January 14, 2021    

Each year, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issues a report summarizing what it considers the most serious management challenges facing the department. In turn, HUD is required to include this report in its annual agency financial report.

U.S. District Court Halts HUD’s Revisions to Disparate Impact Rule

November 12, 2020    

A federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction to stop HUD from implementing a rule that would have made it harder to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act. The rule would have required plaintiffs to meet a higher threshold to prove unintentional discrimination, known...

NLHA: Expenses Rise, Rent Revenues Fall, for Affordable Housing Providers

October 15, 2020    

COVID-19 has increased costs and reduced revenue for housing providers, making it harder for them to operate and invest in future housing projects, according to a survey by the National Leased Housing Association (NLHA) and ndp analytics. Conducted in August, the survey asked low- and moderate-...

HUD Must Ensure Households Have Sufficient Supply of Safe Drinking Water

September 14, 2020    

Catalyst: As part of the fiscal year 2019 audit plan, HUD’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an audit into HUD’s oversight of lead in the water of multifamily housing units. The objective was to determine whether HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing...

Don't Require COVID-19 Testing as a Condition of Occupancy

August 11, 2020    

According to experts, controlling the spread of the pandemic demands finding the infected and isolating them until they can no longer spread the disease, alongside broader measures like social distancing. With an untold number of asymptomatic carriers, the only option to find out who truly has...

Modify House Rules Before Requiring Residents to Wear Masks

August 11, 2020    

Sites receiving project-based Section 8, Section 202, or Section 811 assistance are allowed to require tenants to wear face coverings while at the site and/or treat a tenant’s failure to wear a face covering as a lease violation—as long as modifications to the lease or house rules...

Apply Rent Reduction Retroactively After Income Decrease Recertification

August 11, 2020    

If a tenant waits some amount to time to report a decrease in income, after an income recertification, you must then retroactively apply any reduction in rent starting with the first day of the month after the date of the action that caused the decrease in income. So, for example, if a tenant...

HUD Will Resume REAC Physical Inspections

August 11, 2020    

HUD recently announced the resumption of Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspections of HUD Multifamily and Public Housing properties and units under strict safety protocols during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. REAC inspections are the assessment tool that ensures HUD-...

Federal District Court Judge Blocks Public Charge Rules for Immigrants

August 11, 2020    

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently issued two nationwide injunctions temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s “public charge” rules. The measures, which are now on hold, had broadened the grounds under which...

HUD Terminates Obama-Era AFFH Rule

August 11, 2020    

HUD Secretary Carson recently announced that HUD will terminate the Obama-era rule regarding the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act. In a press release, Carson claimed that the provision has proven “to be complicated,...